Senator Anne Urquhart was born in Latrobe, Tasmania in 1957 and raised in nearby Ulverstone and Gawler.
Anne has been married to Graham Urquhart for about four decades and have two children and four grandchildren. Anne began my working life in the late 1970’s at Simplot, a vegetable processing factory in Ulverstone.
Her involvement with the Union movement began in 1979 when she joined the Food Preservers Union, which later amalgamated to become the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. One of the first battles Anne faced as a Union Official was gaining credibility amongst a predominantly male workforce who were not used to rallying behind a woman.
In 2004, Anne was elected to the position of State Secretary of the AMWU, the first female State Secretary in Australia and relocated to Hobart fill the position. After 28 years of representing workers in the fight for fairer pay and conditions, Anne was sworn into the Senate on 1 July 2011 where she continues her stand against discrimination and inequity.
As well as continuing her union membership with the AMWU, Anne is a member of Emily’s List and a friend of the Post-Polio Network of Tasmania and of Amnesty International.
In 2014, Anne was elected President of the Tasmanian Branch of the ALP, in only the second rank-and-file ballot for the position.
Anne is the Chair of the Senate’s Environment and Communications References Committee and a Labor Deputy Whip in the Senate.